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Heart and brain activity are routinely measured through the skin with adhesive electrodes. But diagnosing gastric diseases may require patients to endure a tube stuck through the nose, down the throat and into the stomach.
Scientists led by UC San Diego researchers say they have a better option for these patients. They’ve invented a stomach-monitoring device worn like a fanny pack.
“Bioengineering is a rapidly growing discipline. Many universities have invested heavily to grow their programs. Under the leadership of our recent chair Dr. Geert Schmid-schoenbein, and with the strong support by Dean Pisano, we recruited a record number of five top-notch faculty last year, continued to improve our graduate program, and further enhanced our strong partnership with our medical school. We are also the only Bioengineering Department in the country that has three ABET accredited undergraduate majors. I am very pleased that our efforts were well recognized in the survey by US News & Report.” -Dr. Kun Zhang. http://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/n
Congratulations Dr. Stephanie Fraley on receiving the 2016-2017 Best Teacher Award for Bioengineering !
Aswini Krishnan, a fourth-year bioengineering major at the University of California San Diego, has been awarded a Churchill Scholarship, one of the most prestigious and competitive awards available to American students pursuing science, mathematics and engineering fields. The award provides one year of funding to pursue a master’s degree at Winston Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. Krishnan is the fourth UC San Diego student to receive the award since the program’s inception in 1963.
Congratulations for this exceptional recognition of your outstanding early achievements as a young Engineering Professor!!
Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery UC San Diego – Summer 2018 – Accepting Applications The Jacobs school of Engineering (JSOE) at UC San Diego hosts a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program in Biomaterials. The objectives of the program are to train undergraduates in basic research through challenging biomaterial-related engineering projects performed with research mentors from engineering departments across JSOE. Research areas include tissue engineering and 3D printing, bio-inspired biomaterials, biomaterial-stem cell interaction, nanoparticles and drug delivery.
Chul Kim, a Bioengineering PhD graduate student in the Jacobs School of Engineering, will be receiving the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Predoctoral Achievement Award for 2017-18. The award will be conferred at the 2018 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), the society's flagship conference, and a profile on Chul's accomplishments will be featured in the Spring 2018 issue of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine as well as on the SSCS website. Chul is being recognized for his work on engineering design and clinical application of biomedical integrated circuits
San Diego, Calif., Nov. 10, 2017 -- Eight of the top 10 research grants awarded to UC San Diego departments outside of health sciences this year are led by women. And Karen Christman, a professor in the Department of Bioengineering, is one of them. Christman brought in $2.8 million dollars dor a research grant from the State of California. The Christman Lab focuses on developing innovative biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. The lab has a strong translational focus with the main goal of developing minimally invasive therapies for cardiovascular disease. Projects are highly interdisciplinary and involve collaborations with basic scientists, engineers and physicians. As one example of her grant activities, Christman and colleagues received this year a $2.8 million from the governing Board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Their work aims to help people with peripheral arterial disease.
Becoming an AIMBE Fellow is more than just another honorific designation. AIMBE Fellows are expected to "giveback" by contributing to AIMBE's critical mission of advancing excellence and advocating for the fields of medical and biological engineering . Never before has it been more critical for those in biomedical engineering to stand up for science and medical innovation.
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of California San Diego has developed a technology for very accurate sequencing and haplotyping of genomes from single human cells.
Dr. Shankar Subramaniam is the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Endowed Chair Professor of Bioengineering and Systems Biology at the University of California San Diego. He is a distinguished professor of Bioengineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Cellular & Molecular Medicine and Nano Engineering at the University of California San Diego. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a Senior Member of IEEE. Subramaniam's innovative work has major impact on research and development in academia and industry by allowing the synthesis of complex biological and medical information from genes and molecules into integrated knowledge at cellular and system levels, thus providing important basis for drug discovery and innovation.
On August 10, 2017, Walt Baxter, Ph.D., a 1999 Graduate from UCSD Department of Bioengineering, was inducted at a black tie ceremony into Medtronic’s Bakken Society (http://adesignerportraits.com/2017-medtronic-bakken-society/). Medtronic is the world’s leading developer and distributor of medical devices such as cardiac pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, heart valves, brain stimulators, and diabetes management systems. Earl Bakken Fellow
Dr. Contijoch earned his Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of Pennsylvania in Bioengineering. For his graduate research, he was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) – NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Interfaces Fellowship as well as a National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Fellowship. His thesis work developed novel magnetic resonance (MR) image acquisition, reconstruction, and analysis techniques to assess regional cardiac function after myocardial infarction and quantify the physiologic impacts of arrhythmias. Dr. Contijoch then joined the UC San Diego School of Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow in Cardiology. Here he developed novel approaches to improve coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography.
Dr. King’s lab studies diseases that activate the body’s immune system even though there is no infection, such as heart attacks, metabolic disease, asthma, autoimmunity, and cancer. Researchers combine conventional biological techniques with bioengineering to uncover novel disease mechanisms and develop new therapies that limit organ dysfunction and promote healing, repair and regeneration. Previously he was a Cardiology fellow, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.
Dr. Valdez-Jasso received her Undergraduate and Masters degrees in Applied Mathematics, and her doctoral degree in Biomathematics, all from the Department of Mathematics at North Carolina State University. Her graduate thesis, which was recognized for its excellence with a Lucas Research Award, focused on modeling approaches to understanding the dynamic pressure-area relationship of systemic arteries. During her postdoctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she was an American Heart Association postdoctoral fellow, a member of the Vascular Medicine Institute, and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, she investigated the tissue structure and biomechanics of the normal and pressure-overloaded right ventricle. As an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Dr.
Materials at the nanoscale have emergent physical properties (e.g., quantam confinement, photonics, super-paramagnetism), and also interact with biological systems in unique ways (e.g., enhanced permeation and retention effect, multi-valent ligand binding, phagocytosis). Combining these two phenomena, engineers can create nanosystems that interact with living host organisms to achieve diagnostic and therapeutic goals. Peptides display a diverse range of functions (receptor-binding, cell signaling, membrane-interaction, etc.) and a nanoparticle decorated with multiple peptides can coordinate multiple peptide functions to achieve greater specificity and efficacy than single-component systems.
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The UC San Diego Department of Bioengineering faculty are recognized nationally for outstanding scholarship, teaching, and research.
The Department of Bioengineering is participating in Faculty Search Recruitment under the direction of The Design Lab at UC San Diego (http://designlab.ucsd.edu).
More information can be found at http://designlab.ucsd.edu/
See some of our research groups, including Biodynamics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine, Biomaterials and Stem Cell Engineering, Biophotonics, Biosensors, and more.
See information about our research facilities, including Biotechnology, Confocal Microscopy, Flow Cytometry, Information Technology, Functional MRI, Cell Engineering Research Center (CERC).